Lakeland, Florida- On Thursday, January 5, a Lakeland Police school resource officer assigned to Lakeland Highlands Middle School was contacted shortly before 3 PM by a member of the school’s administration about a possible firearm in a backpack. A search confirmed a handgun was inside the bag. The bag was found to belong to a 13-year-old student who later admitted to having the gun on campus.
The student was arrested and taken to JAC (the Juvenile Assessment Center), charged with possessing a firearm on school grounds. During the investigation, it was also discovered the student had posted a photo of the gun on social media.
Additional law enforcement was on campus Friday morning in an abundance of caution.